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HERSCH, M.: Wreckage of Flowers (The) / 14 Pieces / 5 Fragments (Cuckson, McMillen)

Vanguard Classics / Michael Hersch
HERSCH, M.: Wreckage of Flowers (The) / 14 Pieces / 5 Fragments (Cuckson, McMillen)

Composer(s)Hersch, Michael
Artist(s) McMillen, Blair, piano • Cuckson, Miranda, violin
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue MC105
Label Vanguard Classics / Michael Hersch
Quality   320kbps
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HERSCH, M.: Wreckage of Flowers (The) / 14 Pieces / 5 Fragments (Cuckson, McMillen) 1:06:29   
  14 Pieces          
      No. 1. And overhead, unreachable … 3:46       
      No. 2. Intermezzo I 1:40       
      No. 3. As mad Ulysses sowed salt in the furrows I've found you everywhere … 1:47       
      No. 4. This is a time of lightning without thunder … 2:21       
      No. 5. Intermezzo IIa 0:49       
      No. 6. I won't go far; just to the other shore … 2:32       
      No. 7. Intermezzo IIb 0:50       
      No. 8. … Beyond the glass, upon the snow … 2:15       
      No. 9. … Dense violent dreams … 2:01       
      No. 10. Nocturne I 1:43       
      No. 11. Intermezzo III 2:43       
      No. 12. The heavenly legions are a tangle of monsters … 3:20       
      No. 13. Nocturne II 2:21       
      No. 14. When all the snow has melted, we’ll go to look for the old path … 3:29       
  The Wreckage of Flowers          
      I. On the wall a painting that depicts winter … 2:04       
      II. A still-looking branch, both cold and living … 0:59       
      III. … and the sky far up above was the only element we shared with the other people on the face of the earth … 1:44       
      IV. Over the gate of the rectory, fragments of brick among weeds … 1:44       
      V. Now there is only the earth, sandy, trodden down, with one leafless tree … 0:52       
      VI. To lay bare a monument like a nest in a thicket, though all you wanted was to pluck a few roses … 0:51       
      VII. He wakes up, rubs his eyes, and above the tossed-back scarecrows of the pines … 1:23       
      VIII. Beyond a field, a wood and a second field … 1:15       
      IX. The din ceases … 1:31       
      X. From afar, from somewhere beyond the river, echoes of lingering voices … 1:12       
      XI. … the wind rattling the metal sheets hanging from a cliff-like wall … 1:38       
      XII. The sky before sunrise is soaked with light … 0:43       
      XIII. And that snow will remain forever, unredeemed, not spoken of to anyone … 1:12       
      XIV. … but here there was not a tree, or even lichens growing on the rocks … 1:18       
      XV. Starry skies go out … 1:47       
      XVI. Winter, night, the frozen sky is flooded with red … 1:21       
      XVII. … and the sky far up above was the only element we shared with the other people on the face of the earth … 1:47       
      XVIII. … huge flocks of crows, freezing in mid-air, exploded under the clouds … 2:13       
      XIX. Layers of white clouds on a fragment of sky between the brightness of the birches … 2:31       
      XX. Farther, under the arch of ancient ruins, you see a few tiny walking figures … 2:03       
      XXI. A still-looking branch, both cold and living … 1:13       
  5 Fragments          
      No. 1. quarter note = 68 0:27       
      No. 2. quarter note = 50 0:46       
      No. 3. quarter note = 60 1:11       
      No. 4. eighth note = 132 0:19       
      No. 5. quarter note = 74 0:48       
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